YIKES! CensorTrack Hits New Milestone, Logs 4,000 Censorship Cases by Big Tech

June 29th, 2022 12:06 PM

MRC Free Speech America’s CensorTrack database hit another milestone as Big Tech continues its agenda to silence free speech online at a steady pace.

MRC Free Speech America has now logged 4,000 cases of censorship in MRC’s unique CensorTrack database. These cases include censorship of both people and organizations across multiple Big Tech platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Google, Twitter and the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)-controlled TikTok. 

MRC Free Speech America logged 3,500 censorship cases in CensorTrack as of March 21, 2022, meaning that CensorTrack logged its most recent 500 cases in only three months.

The censorship cases logged cover a myriad of issues such as abortion, elections, COVID-19, climate change and race. Each CensorTrack entry is documented, and tangibly demonstrates biased censorship. Pro-life content and opinions that slap against the narratives of the leftist LGBTQ movement, in particular, have become central targets for Silicon Valley’s Big Tech giants. 

Given that the U.S. Supreme Court finally overturned the infamous 49-year-old pro-abortion Roe v. Wade (1973) ruling — after which 60 million preborn children have been killed — Americans should be wary. Big Tech’s out-of-control pro-abortion censorship campaign doesn’t show any signs of receding. 

The self-appointed arbiters of “truth” online – Big Tech companies – targeted former President Donald Trump’s son Donald Trump Jr., Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), pro-life organizations Susan B. Anthony List and Students for Life of America, Daily Wire hosts Ben Shapiro and Michael Knowles, The Babylon Bee’s Kyle Mann, The Heritage Foundation and Dr. Vladimir Zelenko.

Pro-abortion Big Tech companies heavily censored pro-life groups and individuals. This was especially true following the Politico-published leak of the Dobbs v. Jackson U.S. Supreme Court draft decision that indicated the overturning of Roe v. Wade as well as the release of the official ruling that overturned Roe about a month later.

One of the worst cases of censorship came when TikTok censored Susan B. Anthony (SBA) Pro-Life America. The organization announced that the CCP-tied TikTok suspended its account shortly after SBA shared a video celebrating the demise of Roe v. Wade. TikTok did not provide a reason why the account was originally suspended. New evidence recently confirmed that TikTok is accountable to CCP-controlled ByteDance.

The platform previously banned MRC Free Speech Alliance member Students for Life of America (SFLA) for multiple alleged violations of its Community Guidelines, after which TikTok again reversed its ban. The last video posted before the ban involved SFLA President Kristan Hawkins debating a college student on abortion.

TikTok also censored the MRC’s own MRCTV. In an on-the-street video, MRCTV attended the Bans Off Our Bodies rally in Washington, D.C., video host Tierin-Rose Mandelburg interviewed pro-abortion activists and gave her reactions to the rally. TikTok removed the video for allegedly violating its Community Guidelines. MRC, including its divisions, were censored a total of 39 times across Facebook, TikTok, Twitter and Instagram since March 21, 2022.

MRC Free Speech America also recently tallied 156 instances of Big Tech censoring users who affirm science and oppose the left’s radical “transgender” narrative over 6 1/2 months in its CensorTrack database. That’s about five cases of Big Tech censoring biological facts every week. This is double the weekly censorship around the leftist “transgender” nonsense that MRC Free Speech America uncovered in a 2021 CensorTrack study.

Blackburn, Daily Wire commentator Matt Walsh, Fox News host Tucker Carlson and popular Twitter account Libs of TikTok were among those censored by Facebook and Twitter for not parroting the left’s “transgender” narrative. Libs of TikTok said that Twitter censored the account after it bashed drag shows for kids, and the account exclusively told MRC Free Speech America:

“The fact that these events are allowed to happen but we’re not allowed to report on it tells you everything you need to know about the purpose of drag shows and their desire for censorship.”

Other Big Tech companies joined Twitter’s and TikTok’s ranks in warring against free speech online.

Podcaster Savanah Hernandez said Instagram removed a post on her account for calling out Big Tech censorship. According to purported screenshots she shared, the post was removed for allegedly violating the platform’s “Community Guidelines on hate speech or symbols.” Hernandez said Instagram later reinstated the post after she appealed the platform’s decision.

Big Tech is also continuing the wild election censorship that helped seal President Joe Biden’s path to the White House in 2020 in preparation for the 2022 midterms.

Facebook fact-checked Dan Bongino’s post about filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza’s “2000 Mules” documentary. Bongino shared a link to D’Souza’s page promoting the documentary. Facebook slapped the post with a fact-check notice, claiming the post contained “partly false information.” Then-vice president of integrity at Facebook Guy Rosen stated that Facebook “reduce[s] the distribution” of fact-checked posts rated as “false.”

Conservatives are under attack. Contact your representatives and demand that Big Tech be held to account to mirror the First Amendment while providing transparency and an equal footing for conservatives. If you have been censored, contact us at the Media Research Center contact form, and help us hold Big Tech accountable.